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One of the stranger work-related injuries: Man bites clerk

It was not a normal hold-up. It was also one of the stranger work-related injuries. The New Jersey hold-up did not involve the standard gunpoint or knifepoint scenario – the robber bit the behind-the-counter employee instead.

The hold-up occurred around 3 a.m. in Camden County at an adult book store on Route 130. According to police, a tattooed customer first asked the on-duty clerk for change of a $50 bill. Next, the customer purchases two bottles of water, then grabs the clerk, jumps over the counter, and bites the clerk two times on the arm.

The stunned clerk then sees the robber grab money from the cash register before feeling from the store. A surveillance camera shows a tattooed man about the age of 30 driving away in a red car. He made off with $48.

Although the wounds inflicted on the clerk were not serious, the adult book store employee has nevertheless suffered an on-the-job injury, albeit not of the typical variety. Physical work-related injuries can sometimes also cause mental and emotional injuries to employees, and the affected parties may need time and professional care to recover. Injured New Jersey workers are eligible to file a workers' compensation claim which can help cover the cost of treatment and provide at least a portion of an employee's living expenses if they are unable to work. If the injured party does not know how to go about the filing process or wants to ensure accuracy in pursuing a claim, it is best to work with someone who is familiar with the process and who has experience in tracking the progress of a claim.

Source: nj.com, "Man bites clerk during robbery of adult book store," Mike Frassinelli, July 19, 2013

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